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Editing sheet music via a tablet / touchscreen device

Our editor has a few special features to help you create and edit sheet music from your iPad, Android tablet or other touchscreen device.

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If you open our editor on a tablet, we’ll automatically detect that you’re using a touchscreen device and will display our touch-optimized interface at the bottom of the screen. This interface consists of a piano keyboard and some useful shortcut buttons.

Piano keyboard

The main part of this interface is an 88-key piano keyboard. When you first load the interface, it’ll be centered on middle C. Simply swipe the keyboard left or right to move it around.

You can tap the piano keys to add or change pitches in your music:

  • If you’ve selected a rest, tapping a piano key will replace that rest with your tapped pitch.
  • If you’ve selected a note, tapping a piano key will change that note’s pitch.

If you’ve selected a note and want to append a note to it (hence creating a chord), tap the “Toggle chord mode” icon above the keyboard. When chord mode is active, tapping piano keys will add pitches to your selection rather than changing them.

Adding notes/rests to a bar

As in the non-touch version of our editor, we’ll automatically add empty rests as you move your cursor to the right.

With a note selected, navigate to the right by tapping the right-arrow icon , just above the piano keyboard. If there’s rhythmic space available in the current bar (according to the time signature), Soundslice will automatically create a “ghost rest.”

To confirm you want to add the rest, tap the rest icon . Or tap a piano key to insert a note.

Changing rhythmic duration

With a note or rest selected, tap the and buttons to increase or decrease the note duration, respectively. Use the button to toggle an augmentation dot.

Full list of shortcut buttons

Here’s what all of the buttons above the piano keyboard do:

Button Click the button to…
Increase rhythmic duration of selected note(s)
Decrease rhythmic duration of selected note(s)
Toggle augmentation dot on selected note(s)
Turn selected note(s) into a rest
Toggle enharmonic on selected note(s)
Move cursor up
Move cursor down
Move cursor left
Move cursor right
Toggle chord mode
Undo
Redo
Delete selected note(s) and rest(s)

Other notations

The shortcuts above the piano keyboard are meant to handle the common stuff. For many more features and notations, use our editor sidebar and its accompanying search feature.

Using the touch input interface from non-tablets

If you’d like to use this interface from a non-tablet device such as a laptop or desktop, no problem. Just click the “...” menu at the top of the editor screen and select “Toggle touch input.”

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